FoodBank — Week 3

Week 3’s classes started with presentations introducing the product and personas of various clients who would be using it from the remaining teams last week. A quick lecture regarding various user designs of user interface followed the conclusion of the presentations and each group was tasked with splitting up into two halves and teaming up with a half from another team.

In the new formed groups, each member was tasked with presenting their own lo-fi prototype of the product to the rest of the groups, where it will then be user-tested and criticized. After every member of the new group has presented and received criticism on his or her design, the temporary group was disbanded and the original team reformed and shared their findings regarding the designs.

Fortunately, in our case, each of the halves discussed different topics regarding the product, so there was no redundant information, which allowed us to work separately before finally compiling everything together at the end

One of the subgroups delved into the topic of designs for users on the providing end, while another discussed the receiving end. Both of these require vastly different types of user interface in order to make the product as intuitive and simple as possible, so having two teams working on different ends of the design was favorable and helped streamline the process of brainstorming the final product.

Towards the end of class, the work from both subgroups was combined in order to make a rough overview of the final product. Each group was then given the homework of creating multiple sketches of the product.

Class resumed on Thursday and we picked up where we left off. The group again split into two halves and formed a group with another half to discuss the prototypes that we have created. After giving and receiving feedback and criticism, we regrouped with the main team and discussed what we had learned.

We were now tasked with finalizing the designs for the product and creating a wireframe reflecting user testing and design decisions. Our team opted to use Balsamiq, which is a mockup tool used for wireframing that allows for an easy, seamless team-wide collaboration. Afterwards, the professor gave another lecture about the use of color before sending us off for the weekend.

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